The first item on the news this morning said it all, as far as this observer reasons. Four more young Royal Marines, prime examples of British youth have been sacrificed upon the rather tawdry altar of political expedience, of the shameful and ludicrous idea of ‘Democracy’ in Afghanistan; of the continued propping up of an Afghan government composed of heroin-growing warlords, failed Islamic fundamentalists and of a President whose so-called security forces control less than one tenth of the country he is supposed to be governing.
When the Coalition commenced operations against the Taliban, there was an aura of invincibility surrounding the war, with few things seen to go wrong; few apart that is from the odd friendly fire incident. The Taliban just could not stand against the B-52 bombers, against a massed armoured attack, against a formidable foe such as was fielded by the Coalition forces, and they were speedily dispossessed of power, but then the Coalition seemed to fold, all seeming to agree that it wa a good job well done, and ‘freedom prevails’! So the bloody Taliban, after all the bullets and blood expended to oust them from the damn place, started regrouping and we (the British) were foolish enough to state “We’ll be there” instead of demanding a bombing campaign which would smash the whole place back into the Stone Age from which it had recently crept.
The ludicrous slogans spouted by one John Reid, including the wondrous ‘Not having to fire a single shot in the campaign’, were seen to be somewhat wide of the mark; with one engagement with the Taliban described as ‘The Worst since WW2′. We have so far lost 132 members of our Armed forces in backing up an Islamic Regime which is about as democratic as the average Russian Duma meeting when Putin is present. This regime, into which untold millions have been ploughed in ‘development’, supports the death penalty for apostasy, which for the uninitiated means someone who renounces Islam for summat’ else. This regime, which happily takes the kick-backs from the heroin trade which is aimed at Western veins. This regime, which allegedly gives the votes to women, but then sits back and watches as their silent supporters terrorise women who actually walk outside without a tent enveloping them.
One of the Marines died in a road-side bombing of an ‘Jackal’ armoured vehicle. The fact that the Jackal is known within the British Armed Forces as the ‘Faster Coffin’, as opposed to the ‘Snatch Land Rover’ which has been awarded the title ‘The Slow Coffin’ is but just one of the drawbacks of service within the British Armed forces’ contribution to the debacle in Afghanistan. The succession of totally useless methods of transport chosen by our cost- and politically-obsessed Ministry of Defence is but one of the factors in the true outcome of our totally silly and useless response to the Afghanistan crisis. The other three Marines died when approached by a youngster pushing a wheelbarrow, which then exploded, killing all three. It has been suggested that the bomb was detonated by remote control, and the boy was an innocent victim as well! That does not matter, the Marines shouldn’t have been there! Those wasted lives, piled upon the pyres of a failed ideal, represent yet another paragraph in the death toll of Western involvement in that savage place.
We, along with the rest of the NATO forces should immediately withdraw from Afghanistan, and let that craven bunch of Islamic nit-wits bow down under their favourite fundamentalist governors, but with the firm promise that if there were any more attempts to export their ideals, a short session of Neutron Bombs would settle their places in paradise once and for all!